Why Choice Matters: Revisiting and Comparing Measures of Democracy

  title={Why Choice Matters: Revisiting and Comparing Measures of Democracy},
  author={Heiko Giebler and S. Ruth and Dag Tanneberg},
  journal={Politics and Governance},
Measures of democracy are in high demand. Scientific and public audiences use them to describe political realities and to substantiate causal claims about those realities. This introduction to the thematic issue reviews the history of democracy measurement since the 1950s. It identifies four development phases of the field, which are characterized by three recurrent topics of debate: (1) what is democracy, (2) what is a good measure of democracy, and (3) do our measurements of democracy… Expand
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